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Walking on two legs can be a challenging task even for young, healthy adults

Walking on two legs can be a challenging task even for young, healthy adults

"The most commonly cited statistic is that one in three older adults falls each year due to age-related changes in balance, and in this four-month study, more than half of the college students fell during daily activities," said Shirley Rietdyk, a professor of health and kinesiology, who only looked at young adults in this study. "The fall rate may be lower for older adults because they are more cautious due to the higher risk of serious, even fatal, injuries from falls. These findings also highlight that walking on two legs is a challenging task that is mechanically unstable, even for young, healthy adults." [More]
Early childhood intervention guide can help prevent substance use disorders

Early childhood intervention guide can help prevent substance use disorders

An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
New recommendations call for creating novel approach to health care

New recommendations call for creating novel approach to health care

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, along with experts from across the country, have developed a set of policy recommendations that would improve the quality of behavioral health care patients receive in clinical settings. [More]
Researchers describe three kinds of behavioural problems in children with FASD

Researchers describe three kinds of behavioural problems in children with FASD

Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are affected by a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, aggression, delinquency and diminished learning capacity a new review of evidence reveals. [More]
Study: 94% of older adults in the U.S. have at least one sensory deficit

Study: 94% of older adults in the U.S. have at least one sensory deficit

The first study to measure the full spectrum of age-related damage to all five senses found that 94 percent of older adults in the United States have at least one sensory deficit, 38 percent have two, and 28 percent have three, four or five. [More]
Transgender people serving in US military report few mental, physical health problems

Transgender people serving in US military report few mental, physical health problems

A new study shows that transgender active-duty U.S. military personnel report few lifetime mental and physical health problems. [More]
UMD investigators assess potential health hazards associated with fracking in Maryland

UMD investigators assess potential health hazards associated with fracking in Maryland

Following their release of a state-commissioned study on the potential public health impacts of fracking in Western Maryland, University of Maryland researchers are helping to inform the conversation about the potential risks associated with unconventional natural gas development and production. [More]
Marijuana use among U.S. adults not as high as predicted before

Marijuana use among U.S. adults not as high as predicted before

Marijuana use is on the rise, with an estimated 12.5 percent of adults living in the United States reportedly using the drug at least once in 2013, according to a new study that looked at drug usage over the span of a decade. [More]
Study: People with schizophrenia more likely to attempt suicide

Study: People with schizophrenia more likely to attempt suicide

A new study by the University of Toronto, released today, found that those with schizophrenia who'd been physically abused during childhood were five times more likely to have attempted suicide. [More]
Better quality of care may reduce mortality risk in patients treated with opioid therapy for pain

Better quality of care may reduce mortality risk in patients treated with opioid therapy for pain

Better quality of care may reduce the risk of death for patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain, say Yale researchers. Their study, published Feb. 4 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, offers evidence that supports recommendations from clinical practice guidelines encouraging physicians to engage patients with mental health services and substance abuse treatment, as well as to avoid co-prescriptions for sedatives. [More]
Study shows gambling among young teens associated with risk-taking behavior

Study shows gambling among young teens associated with risk-taking behavior

Gambling among young teens may be associated with increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or marijuana according to a study that surveyed sixth- to eighth-graders in Italian schools. The research is reported in the February issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. [More]
People injured by police officers more likely to have mental illness

People injured by police officers more likely to have mental illness

People hospitalized due to an encounter with a law enforcement officer are more likely to have a mental illness, have longer hospitalizations, more injuries to the back and spine, and greater need for extended care than those hospitalized due to altercations with other civilians. [More]
Educational programs, new clinic policies could significantly reduce level of opioid medication

Educational programs, new clinic policies could significantly reduce level of opioid medication

A recent study showed that medical provider training, new clinic policies and efforts to "taper" opioid use for pain treatment could significantly reduce the level of opioid medication that patients used -- a limited but positive step for a nation enmeshed in opioid use, abuse and overdose deaths. [More]
College students with Problematic Internet Use report positive and negative effects on family relationships

College students with Problematic Internet Use report positive and negative effects on family relationships

College students who are addicted to the Internet report positive and negative effects on their family relationships, according to new research from Georgia State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [More]
IDEAL study holds new hope for children exposed to methamphetamine in the womb

IDEAL study holds new hope for children exposed to methamphetamine in the womb

Despite continuing reports that methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy can lead to behavioral and emotional problems in children, pregnant women continue to abuse the illicit drug. Nearly one-fourth of pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities were methamphetamine users. [More]
Childhood abuse and neglect associated with worse executive function in adulthood

Childhood abuse and neglect associated with worse executive function in adulthood

The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults' brains for decades to come - including their ability to process and act on information both quickly and accurately, new research suggests. [More]
Common mortality causes prevail in epilepsy patients

Common mortality causes prevail in epilepsy patients

A prospective, community-based study confirms that patients with epilepsy usually die of the same causes as other people. [More]

New study explores effects of Great Recession on alcohol use among people who remained employed

Periods of economic uncertainty tend to influence drinking problems among people who lose their jobs, as some turn to alcohol due to stress or because they have more free time and fewer responsibilities. [More]

Chapters Capistrano warns holiday memories can increase alcohol consumption

For many, the holidays mean celebrating with friends and family, exchanging gifts, and indulging in delicious food. But they can also elicit memories that some would rather forget and may lead them to drink in an effort to cope. [More]

SuperCom signs definitive agreement to acquire Leaders in Community Alternatives

SuperCom, a global provider of secure solutions for the e-Government, Public Safety, HealthCare, and Finance sectors announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc., a California-based criminal justice organization providing electronic monitoring and community-based services under contracts with various government agencies. [More]
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